|Our new workshop|
We’re very excited to announce that we will soon be opening up shop at 46 Russell Terrace, Newtown. This is a site owned by SWIS who are super supportive of our mahi. Initially we’ll be sharing the site so access is limited to our opening hours – every Wednesday from 6.15-8pm.
We hope to open in the next few months. Watch this space!
Of course, the site still needs some work, including a new container workshop. We’re super grateful to Wellington City Council for today supporting our funding application. A big shout out to Councillor Laurie Foon for making some magic happen behind the scenes to get us across the line! We’ve still got a little way to go to fully fund this project so, please consider supporting our crowdfunding campaign by sharing or donating!
A huge thanks from our team to Hopper Home who have hosted our workshop for close to six months. We’ll be there until at least mid-July. We’ve loved being so close to town and in such a vibrant space. Who knows what the future may hold, but we hope to continue supporting your events and mahi!
We also want to thank the Raukawa Community Centre who have looked after our storage container and hosted some pop up fix ups. We love this community so much and you know we’re never far away!
E-bikey goodness with WCC
More good news from todays Grant committee came in the form of an e-bike library and pilot grant.
We will soon be the proud owners of two electric cargobikes with all the accessories a family might need, to lend out to people to trial. We want to make it easier for people to choose bikes, and for many families it’s the lack of opportunities to trial them rather than the cost which is a barrier. Also, did you know an e-bike only costs about $20 per year to charge?!? Yes, that’s per year!
But we know not everyone can afford the upfront cost, so we’re also going to pilot an e-bike lease to buy scheme. It’ll only be a small scale pilot and we’ll have strict criteria for the first participants so please wait for us to finetune the details before asking for more info!
A big shout out to Tania Cotidis (pictured on left above with Te Pahi Pahikara coordinator Aimee Geoghegan) for speaking at the grants committee meeting, and to the WCC Council Officers, Councillors and Greater Wellington/Pedal Ready for supporting this mahi.
|Motuhenga fix ups and Free Ride bike skills|
Motuhenga Community Cycle Hub ran four more awesome learn to ride sessions in Waitangirua last month, supported by Abley. They also continue to hold weekly fix ups at the mall every Saturday from 1-4pm. Go along for good sounds, great chats and some bike tuning. Follow their mahi on Facebook
Meanwhile, in Naenae Free Ride (Bike Box) is running whānau cycle skills sessions with Pedal Ready and funded by Hutt City Council. All ages and levels welcome. Sign up at bikebox.co.nz
We made a pretty book
After six years of bikes bikes bikes… we thought it was time to sit back and celebrate what we’ve achieved and look at where we plan to go. Unfortunately COVID ruled out a big celebration – we’ll save that for when we hit 2000 bikes rehomed (hopefully before the end of the year)!
Instead we put together a little booklet to reflect on our achievements and the impact our volunteers and donors have made. We’ve been lucky to support and work with some amazing people and hope to continue to do so in future.
Download our booklet here. We also have a few printed copies, for those who prefer hard copies email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been quite special to reflect on what we’ve achieved from humble beginnings, and it makes us appreciate even more the many people who have been involved. We’ve tried to name you all but please accept our apologies if we’ve missed you! (And let us know – we can always update the digital version!)